Opiate Addiction and Withdrawal: The Truth about Detox

Thursday, January 11, 2018 | By Chris Clancy

Kentucky has been hit the hardest by the opioid epidemic. Sons, daughters, parents, even grandparents have struggled with addiction issues. Often, this comes from getting hooked on different types of pain medication and not being able to stop.

Many of these people have turned to the streets to buy pills, and some progress to using heroin. The tragedy that occurs every day can make you feel hopeless. We want you to know that we are here to help you or your loved one get better.

One of the scariest prospects of entering treatment is the fear of detox. This is largely one of the factors that caused the addiction in the first place. Here you find some information, the good and the bad, and how to get help now.

How did this happen?

It’s no secret that the opioid epidemic is one of the largest problems America is facing. And here in Kentucky we are reminded the devastating effects every day.

There’s often not one specific cause of addiction but a combination of things. Most people began using pain medication like hydrocodone or Percocet.

When something like this happens, no one is prepared. Luckily, you don’t have to be because we are. There’s no shame in getting help.

Mental Health, Trauma, and Chronic Pain can influence the development of an addiction.

It has nothing to do with weakness or poor decision making but a physical and mental dependency on a drug that used to make the addict feel good. But over time, it has stopped working and started causing painful consequences.

Below are details on what withdrawal does to the body and how to combat the more uncomfortable physical symptoms.

Beginning of Withdrawal

The early symptoms are:

  • Anxiety and Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Teary eyes
  • Running Nose
  • Yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation

These symptoms all lead to intense cravings and a desire for the discomfort to stop.

Peak of Withdrawal

As detox continues, discomfort rises unless medication is administered. Detoxing on your own can be dangerous and unlikely to succeed.

Symptoms may appear as:

  • Dilated Pupils
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea

Often patients feel as if they won’t make it through until the end. The cravings are high and the discomfort is hard to manage. Medication does alleviate these symptoms. And treatment professionals understand, some of them personally, the difficulty and will help you get through this.

Treatment Options

JourneyPure is one of the leading treatment providers of the Southeast. We have residential inpatient facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida with outpatient clinics all over the southeast. We take great pride in our ability to meet every patient’s needs and provide them with the personalized and individual care that they need. We provide one-on-one therapy, intensive group support therapy, and a dignified approach to aftercare so that our alumni can return to their lives happily and without anxiety.

Ready for opiate treatment at JourneyPure Bowling Green? Your journey begins with the admissions team. Call today to find the program right for your specific needs. Your treatment and continuing care is our top priority.

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